sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Australia's Belcher predicts 470 battle with Brits all the way to Rio
Australia's Belcher predicts 470 battle with Brits all the way to Rio


'Belcher and Ryan lead the 470 fleet heading into the finals'    Thom Touw ©

Under 470 coaching wizard Victor Kovalenko Australia has dominated the Olympic 470 Class. From 2000 onwards they have won five Olympic Gold medals and already the portents are there for Rio in 2016.

In 2000 Australian won Men and Women’s 470 Gold and Mat Belcher, as a school boy, 420 World Champion had the great honour of carrying the Australian flag at the 2000 Olympics closing ceremony.

Page and Wilmot win 470 Gold for Australia - Beijing 2008 -  .. .  

Dial forward and Mat Belcher and his elder brother Dan were in 2007 the World number one ranked team but lost the 470 Men’s 2008 Australian Olympic selection to Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page, who won Gold in Qingdao.

Belcher then won London 2012 Gold with Malcolm Page and with Page's retirement Belcher and his new crew, 24 year old Will Ryan, are campaigning for Rio.

Today at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, 30 year Belcher was smiling as he came back onto the Playa de Palma in Mallorca after taking a fourth in the first medal race keeping them in the overall lead. When the second race was blown out, he and Will Ryan took the 470 Gold.

‘We really enjoyed this regatta. It is just so great to be back on the circuit. The challenges, the closeness of the racing that is one of the great things about the class.

44 TROFEO S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre, day 5 - GBR-863; 27; Luke Patience; Joe Glanfield -  © MartinezStudio.es   Click Here to view large photo

‘We've particularly happy to see Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield up there, It’s just good mates out there on the race course. We have a great deal of respect for each other as crews. ‘

Will Ryan, ‘This week has been a massive learning experience. Not only for sailing with Mat in a different dynamic but being with the coach as well.

‘The new format is not ideal for us but at the same time it has created a new dynamic which, for us, as a new crew has been quite testing and is really making us focus and not only look at ourselves but at the bigger picture going forwards. Hopefully ISAF will change it round to reward consistency in the future.

Mat Belcher again, 'Our focus this week has been on developing as a team. You have got to win a few events to get there.

'We won most of the light wind races and certainly the consistency of our results across a big spread of wind ranges shows that we are in the frame. We have got our things that we want to work on and where we want to be as a team but obviously we can improve in lots of areas and we have got a long way to go.

Looking back over the last few years, in the latter stages leading up to London, Malcolm and I were dominant. A few times I complained to Victor about what a grind it was because the expectations were there, so high all the time, everybody was trying to knock us off.

Victor said, 'What do you expect. You have set the standard and it comes with the territory.'

‘I hope Will and I can do that going forward too. In this new format it will be harder to dominate that but it obviously easier for the young guys coming through to get up there.

‘Today was a classic example why we don’t have so much importance on the last day because we had a lot time pressures for us being the last start and the race was blown out. The conditions are very variable and it was really challenging out there. We are really happy with how we sailed. A mis-fortune with our spinnaker halyard getting caught around the bottom mark when we were leading and we lost a few places. We had a great week and it was really nice to share this week together.

‘We can take confidence as a team but the reality is it’s the first regatta of the European season and we've had more regatta time than the others. We are definitely more in form than some of the others and I am certainly that by the time our worlds come around it will probably be a different story. We will see how we go.

‘I have been in this class for 14 years but I really enjoy it and I like the challenge.

QINGDAO, CHINA - AUGUST 18: Nick Rogers (R) and Joe Glanfield (L) of Great Britain celebrate finishing second placed overall following the Men’s 470 class medal race held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center during day 10 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 18, 2008 in Qingdao, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) -  © Clive Mason  
‘I can see ourselves and the British pairing duking it out for the next three years and we are really looking forward to it. They have only sailed together for a few weeks and already they are coming up to speed.

Kovalenko agrees the British Team Patience and Glanfield will be very strong.

'They have between them three 470 Olympic Silver medals and they are very motivated now to get a Gold and they will work very hard to do this one. They will be amongst our strongest opponents I would say. We respect them as athletes, and as sailors and ashore we are good friends and this is what makes our sport so rewarding.

‘But we see depth in teams like GBR, very good potential and a very deep system in the French team. They are working very hard. Very interesting potential in Spanish, Greek and many other teams too. It’s going to be a great quad.

August 3, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) lead Luke Patience and Stuat Bithell (GBR) in the Mens 470 finish -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

Luke Patience was upbeat, 'It’s funny isn’t it. We had such a good battle at the Olympics last year and the Aussies are clearly dominant in this class. I know they are a new pairing and I have got a new pairing with Joe Glanfield now but we do have some wonderful races together at this regatta.

'It is always tight, every inch counts when we are racing those guys. Joe and I have only been in the boat together a couple of weeks really so results for us wasn’t even on our radar for this regatta.

'This was about building our routines in the boat and building the strength and really working out how we fit together.

'To come away with a medal is just an added bonus to that. It really wasn’t, as I said, on our radar so we are happy. Now if once again we could be going into the final day at the Olympics in three and a half years with a guaranteed Olympic medal fighting it out with the Aussies, that will be a cool place to be.'

We agree!


by Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=108187

4:43 PM Sat 6 Apr 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Mapfre

Related News Stories:

07 Apr 2013  ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Tight finish for Finn class
07 Apr 2013  ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - US bags bronze on final day
07 Apr 2013  ISAF Sailing World Cup - Fantastic action comes to a close in Palma
07 Apr 2013  Sailing World Cup expands its role
06 Apr 2013  ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma – Silver for GBR Pascoe
06 Apr 2013  ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Finn class enters medal stage
06 Apr 2013  ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Aussies to race for gold
06 Apr 2013  ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Last hurdle towards title
06 Apr 2013  ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - U.S. top contenders set for Medal Races
06 Apr 2013  ISAF Sailing World Cup - Day 5 Finn action shots from Palma
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

EFG's Star Winter Series rules in Biscayne Bay by Connie Bischoff, Miami, FL
The third Star Winter Series presented by EFG (SWS) and hosted by Miami’s Biscayne Bay was a shining success. Not only have all five regattas had stronger participation than last year but the final one, the Mid Winters, grew 35% with 45% of the sailors international (CAN, SWE, BRA, UKR, ARG, ITA and GER). ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 3 photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

Day 3 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella marked the midpoint of North America’s biggest Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. With bright sunshine and fresh breeze in abundance, the world’s top athletes in 13 classes were treated to the conditions that exemplify why Miami is a preferred international sailing destination. ... [more]  

Doyle Sails had more success last weekend in the Auckland Optimist Championships, taking first and second overall in the 110 strong Open fleet. Six countries were represented in the event, and young sailors came the length of New Zealand to compete in the regatta that is a ranking event for World and International team selection. ... [more]  

It was windshift upon windshift upon shift upon windshift on Day 3 of the ISAF World Sailing Cup Miami sailed on Biscayne Bay Presented by Sunbrella, the premier regatta has attracted 599 boats and 768 sailors who were adjusting all day to one thing or another. If it wasn't the wind direction that was changing, it was the wind speed. ... [more]  

Following the success of the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series that concluded last week, the dates of next year’s event have been confirmed for 16-24 January 2016. With overseas competitors from 11 nations represented a large part of the 47-strong fleet overall at the 2015 event ... [more]  

Ben Ainslie Racing, the British Challenger for the 35th America's Cup, have shipped two foiling Nacra 20 catamarans to Bermuda and have become the first team to commence sailing operations at the Venue for the next Cup. The team conducted an initial training camp in Bermuda, last week. ... [more]  

North U kicked off its 2015 season of youth match racing clinics around the U.S. with a successful clinic hosted by the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in Kemah, Texas on Galveston Bay near Houston. Forty high school and college sailors spent two-and-a-half days learning about match racing and training in Sonars on flat water and 6-12 knots of breeze. ... [more]  

A fantastic week of sunshine, warm weather, big breeze and competitive sailing is what sailors were treated to last week in Key West. Several Canadians left the bitter cold of the north to partake in the fun filled week and a few even brought home trophies. Here's a peek at the fun in the sun! ... [more]  

At ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, if the Chamber of Commerce had stayed up all night working at it, they could not have served up a better day for racing. ... [more]  

On day 2 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, the rainstorms of yesterday vanished but the excellent wind conditions remained in place on Biscayne Bay. A more conventional day of racing saw US Sailing Team Sperry athletes finish the day in the top 10 in 5 Olympic classes and 2 Paralympic classes. ... [more]  

Bringing Dragon Sailors from around the world to Antigua. Harmony Hall Yacht Club, with the support of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and the Inn at English Harbour, will host the second Annual Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge with nine races scheduled to take place over five days in fantastic Caribbean conditions on identical Petticrow Dragons. ... [more]  

There are so many ways that the Dongfeng Race Team could have lost the chance to win the light-air marathon from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China. Leading from the first 24 hours to the finish, 23 and a half days later, 5,403 nautical miles sailed and eight different gulfs, oceans and seas, is not necessarily the most advisable way to try and take the spoils. ... [more]  

Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden was on Sydney harbour last Sunday and captured these images from Race 4 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championships ... [more]  

New Zealand short-handed sailor, Conrad Colman is on his second two handed round the world race, this time aboard the Spirit of Hungary with Nandor Fa sailing in the Barcelona Round the World Race: I had noticed a couple of chafing zones on the mainsail so I prepared some patches and the Dr. Sails flexible epoxy glue so we could drop the main quickly ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami- Photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - It may have been a day late for Australia Day, but on the second day at the Sailing World Cup Miami, the Australian Finn sailors were on a charge with some sparkling performances. Giles Scott (GBR) still leads after winning the opening race of the day, while Jake Lilley (AUS) won the second and moved up to second overall. Ed Wright (GBR) is in third. ... [more]  

2015 Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race is set to begin Friday, February 6. The 32nd edition of the venerable Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race will start in Port Everglades, Florida, and send its 12-boat fleet on a challenging 811 nautical mile course to Montego Bay, Jamaica. George Sakellaris’s (Framingham, Mass.) 72-foot Shockwave will be the largest boat competing, so it should be interesting to ... [more]  

VX One momentum is growing with ever larger fleets showing the pure fun and easy performance of this true thoroughbred one design. ... [more]  

Last Friday, former Oracle Team USA team member, Matthew Mitchell issued a media release stating that he has lodged a complaint with the International Sailing Federation over the actions of a fellow crew member, Simeon Tienpont, and inaction by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, in San Francisco. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: A warm and colorful welcome for Team SCA into Sanya by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL, Auckland, NZ
The all-female crew, Team SCA, arrived to a warm and colorful welcome including fireworks, Chinese dragons, orchid garlands and traditional costumes into the city of Sanya on Hainan Island in southern China early Tuesday evening (local time). 'It was a really different leg. I wouldn’t say it was hard in terms of the physical side but it just had lots of things coming at all angles ... [more]  

Touch2Play had the great fortune of participating in what would be the largest yet gathering of J88’s to date. Quantum Key West Race Week would serve as a chance to see how boats lined up against one another in conditions that covered the full range. For this event we had Rob and Sandy Butler, Steve Leibel, Keven Piper, Coleen Walsh and myself, Larry Huibers. ... [more]  

As the Barcelona World Race leaders race to the Crozet Islands, once again their paths have diverged – Neutrogena around 200 miles to the south-west of first-placed Cheminées Poujoulat on the water, and gaining around 40 miles in the past 24 hours. ... [more]  

For the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will announce on Saturday (31 January) at 10:00 CET the final line-up of sports. ... [more]  

On a high octane first day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami on Monday (26 January) Giles Scott, Alison Young and the Paralympian Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas saw the best possible start to their 2015 sailing seasons with double race victories. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

RC44 World Championship Leg 1 gets underway on 24th March until 29th March 2015. The RC 44 Class is unlike any 40 foot sailing yacht ever designed, and the reason for that is simple. She is a high performance one design yacht created for top level racing in international regattas. If one was to compare this concept to racing cars, then we would be talking about the F1, NASCAR or similar. ... [more]  

On Day 1 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, America's premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, featured the full range of what sailing in Miami has to offer. Over 850 sailors enjoyed strong breeze for the duration of the day, in addition to a brief but powerful rainstorm. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Giles Scott (GBR) said last week that he hoped his unbeaten run would continue, and based on Monday’s form at the Sailing World Cup Miami, the 2014 World and European Finn Champion is giving it a pretty good shot ... [more]  

ISAF Olympic classes regatta Miami 2015 images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica won a Leg 3 podium place in China after some of the closest racing ever seen in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Turkish-American team protected their position in the final stretch to Sanya, carefully navigating a course peppered with fishing boats along the Vietnamese coast and across the South China Sea to cap off a well-sailed leg to clinch third. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng scores historic victory for China
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng release first DroneCam video from Leg 3
Volvo Ocean Race: Chinese team set historic first with home port win
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind arrives on time in Genoa + Video
America's Cup - Virgin considers backing Ben Ainslie, BAR
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Changes
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview
Barcelona World Race - A game of chase
Quantum Key West Race Week: Four GC32's make spectacular USA debut
Volvo Ocean Race – Frostad says Caudrelier proving them wrong *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Last day drag race to Sanya
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Tense onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Dongfeng Race Team pushing hard!
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3 Finish - Video - Delayed feed
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Countdown begins
Volvo Ocean Race: Donfeng set to create a piece of sailing history
Barcelona World Race - First of the iconic Great Capes has been passed
Classic 18fters racing on Sydney Harbour
Volvo Ocean Race - Can Dongfeng still hang on for a Sanya win??
Stephanie Roble, 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
Barcelona World Race - Taking advantage   
Oakcliff Awarded Joe Prosser Award at US Sailing NSPS 2015   
20 Nations head for 2015 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta   
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 500 miles to go   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Fantastic finish   
Barcelona World Race: Weather beacons launched midrace   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5   
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race – Gala prizegiving marks end of event   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5 images by Ingrid Abery   
Volvo Ocean Race Leader - Dongfeng - the right place at the right time   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Notice Of Race online   
Volvo Ocean Race: Changes to Team Vestas Wind crew   
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: Highlight video released   
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges complaint against Tienpont   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery   
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team preview   
Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 - A great day   
Volvo Ocean Race: Jump seat and Pro-Am race spots up for auction   
Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta overall   
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng? Race Team suffer? damage   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT